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Sun 17 Dec 2006

Charts in week 50

Another week, another new number one in Germany. Well, an old one back, as Silbermond climb past Take That. Nelly Furtado is in at 2, Sarah Connor's The best side of life enters at 6, and Shakira, Die Toggo 5, Sasha, and Sido all enter the top 20. Just outside are Milk And Honey (ESC:IL-78) and Wham! (the annual surge for Last Christmas). In Sweden, Emilia is back, with Var minut a new entry at 2. Mia Gundersen's Jordanbarnas fremtid is the new leader in Norway.

Readers planning on travelling across the Channel should take precautions, as France is in the grip of a national outbreak of Tat. The disease is characterised by a compulsion to buy rubbish records. How else does one explain the top-20 presence of Bebe Lilly (baby Lilly), Titou le Lapinou (Titou the rabbit), Pigloo (a penguin), The Annoying Thing (frog), Pinocchio (animated wood), and Ilona Mitrecey (performing six-year-old.) The best antidote is believed to be a diet of chanson, so play Tina Arena every hour.

North Europe's Top Twenty

 20  6 Feeling - Love it when you call
 19 re Faf Larange - Pas de temps
*18 18 Fratellis - Whistle to the choir
 17 13 Muse - Starlight
 16 19 Pink - You and your hand
 15 11 Nadiya - Amies ennemies
 14  5 Depeche Mode - Martyr
*13 16 Faudel - Mon pays
*12 15 Fatal Bazooka - Fous ta cagoule
 11  7 U2 / Green Dull - The saints are coming
*10 re Myslowitz - Nocnym prciogien uzdo konca suiatzon
  9  8 Justin Numberwang - My love
* 8 14 Silbermond - Das beste
* 7 10 Akon - Smack that
* 6 12 Snow Patrol - Chasing cars
  5  3 Seizure Sisters - I don't feel like dancing
  4  2 Clitring Aguilera - Hurt
  3  4 Razorlight - America
  2  1 Take That - Patience
* 1  9 Nelly Furtado - All good things

No new entries, so a couple of persistent little numbers return to the top 20, and others reach new peaks. Nelly Furtado has the new number one, her third of the year, and she's now spent four months atop this chart during 2006.

Three weeks to go until the physical-only restriction is abolished, and all sales count towards the singles chart. It can't come soon enough, as two records from this week's top ten - a 1994 release from Mariah Cantsing, and a June song from Snow Patrol - are removed from the list for no real reason. It's believed that another half-dozen records should also be charting, but aren't.

Take That has the number one single for a fourth week, but Cliff Dick has the highest new entry at 2; Twenty-first century christmas is his highest-placed single since 1999's The millennium prayer topped for three weeks. The flip side is a blatant copyright grab - his debut single, Move it, comes out of copyright in just over two years, and he'll take the royalties while he can. Gwen Stiffany, somehow, makes 3. Cascada's cover of Savage Garden equals the success of the original, by making number 4. Of course, if it's really to be as successful, it'll need to hang around the top 10 for the next two months, and be played so often that we're all heartily sick of it. Chris Cornedbeef makes 7, Nelly lands at 8, and the Pogues return to number 10.

Tatwatch: Jordan and Peter Andrex are 12 (combined IQ), The Annoying Thing is 16 (pounds for the downloadable ringtone, not including replacement phone), Little Chris is 17 (years). Early favourites for next week's number one (excluding X-Fools) El Chombo fall well short, anchoring this week's top 20. Let's be thankful for small mercies, Ricky Tomlinson's failed comedy song (it's not funny) only makes 25 on full release.

Reality star watch: Andy Abraham makes 18 with a tune that might yet become a festive classic. Lemar it ain't. Matt Willis - riding the Ich bin ein Star wave, makes 19. Surprising to see Lily Allen miss the 20, and Slade slip one.

Shakira's new release, Illegal, creeps in at 34, suggesting that she's not going to enjoy ten million years in the top five this time out. A shame. Ruth Kelly takes time off from the oh-so-taxing job of being better at whatever it is he does than John Prescott did to cut a disk with Snoop Doggy Dogg. Like everything else Ruth Kelly does, it's rubbish, and he really should concentrate harder on his forthcoming GCsSE.

The new Seizure Sisters single falls 19-42 in its second week; only Morrissey's fall (16-74) eclipses this failure, and we rather expect Mozza to fall faster than a lead weight. Razorlight, James Morrison, and the Council Estate Slappers enter the top 50 on downloads; a Queen remix is 63 before release. Five old singles re-enter the top 75 in the bottom dozen places, including two Lily Allen tracks.

No significant moves on the album chart, Take That remain at number 1 from Oasis and Pestside. There are climbs for Take That's 1996 singles collection, Amy Whinehouse, and hits from Lionel Richtea, Gloria Estefan

Here's the good stuff on the singles listing:

10 23 Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  - Fairytale of New Amsterdam
11  5 Nelly Furtado - All good things
18 NE Andy Abrahams - December brings me back to you
19 68 Matt Willis - Don't let it go to waste
21 53 Lily Allen - Littlest things ^^
22 13 Razorlight - America
23 22 Slade - Merry xmas everybody
31 14 Fratellis - Whistle for the choir
32 24 My Chemical Romance
  - Welcome to the black parade
34 NE Shakira - Illegal **
37 32 Feeling - Love it when you call
44 29 Muse - Knights of Cydonia
46 NE Razorlight - Fall to pieces **
47 35 Killers - Bones
49 37 Shakira - Hips don't lie
54 42 Lemar - Someone should tell you
56 45 High School Musical OCR
  - We're all in this together
58 46 High School Musical OCR - Breaking free
59 48 Damien Rice - 9 crimes
65 57 Panic At The Disco
  - I write sins not tragedies
66 60 Pink - You and your hand
68 re Lily Allen - Smile
70 re Lily Allen - LDN
73 55 Pink - Nobody knows
74 16 Morrisey - I just want to see the boy happy
75 re Razorlight - In the morning

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Wed 20 Dec 2006

How Oyster Prepay Works

The theory:

1. Card-holder touches in at a tube station, to open the gates.

2. Their card is debited with £4 (or £5 if they're at certain mainline stations.)

3. The card-holder makes their journey on the comfortable, clean, punctual, and efficient trains.

4. Upon arrival at their destination, the card-holder touches out, to open the gates.

5. This completes their journey, and their card is re-credited with the correct balance for the journey.

The actuality:

1. Card-holder touches in at tube station. The gates remain closed. Card-holder touches in at three different gates to find one that will open.

2. Card is debited with the gross national product of a small African nation.

3. After struggling down to the platform, card-holder has to let four trains pass before one arrives with enough space to breathe.

4. Card-holder is turfed out half-way to their destination, and would like to continue their journey on the overground railways, as these are actually running. Owing to non-interoperability between Oyster and BR, this is not possible, and card-holder must wait for service to resume.

5. Upon arrival at their destination, card-holder tries to touch out at seventeen different gates, before giving up and going to the manual gate.

6. Their card is charged with the gross national product of the Baltic republics. This money is transferred to Ken Livingstone's drinks fund.

7. Ken is drunk. Card-holder must secure a second mortgage in order to return home.

Of course, if you have a travelcard, and validate either in or out in your valid zones, the system will be dumb enough to assume that you've remained in zone all trip. Outside of zone, the travelcard-slash-prepay ticket will be charged £1 (£1.50 in zone 1) with any additional fee due on exit.

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Sun 24 Dec 2006

Charts in week 51

Another week, another new number one in Germany. Monrose is a five-piece girl band, put together on the Popstars casting show, and their debut single Shame comes crashing into the charts at number one, outselling the rest of the top ten put together. No major changes elsewhere.

North Europe's Top Twenty

 20 19 Faf Larange - Pas de temps
 19 10 Myslowitz - Nocnym prciogien uzdo konca suiatzon
*18 18 Fratellis - Whistle to the choir
*17 NE Sarah Connor - The best side of life
 16 11 U2 / Green Dull - The saints are coming
 15 14 Depeche Mode - Martyr
 14 20 Feeling - Love it when you call
 13 15 Nadiya - Amies ennemies
*12 13 Faudel - Mon pays
 11  8 Silbermond - Das beste
 10  9 Justin Numberwang - My love
  9  7 Akon - Smack that
* 8 12 Fatal Bazooka - Fous ta cagoule
  7  6 Snow Patrol - Chasing cars
  6  5 Seizure Sisters - I don't feel like dancing
  5 re Wham! - Last christmas
  4  3 Razorlight - America
  3  4 Clitring Aguilera - Hurt
  2  2 Take That - Patience
* 1  1 Nelly Furtado - All good things

One new entry, Sarah Connor, who always racks up a sizable hit with every release. Wham!'s re-entry comes on the back of renewed success in Germany, Sweden, and from being bloody ubiquitous on British radio.

A quick throw back to last week: Cliff Richard did have a number one single, albeit on physical sales only, 21st century christmas entered the download charts at position 131. That's still two places ahead of Lazy Town, whose Bing bang made number 4 overall on 10 December in spite of missing that week's top 200 downloads.

Wham! and Mariah Cantsing should be in the top ten this week, but are removed for not having a physical version available. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl should also be removed this week, but ROPRA has - correctly - decided that it would make the charts look a complete farce to disqualify the title to-day, and allow it back two weeks hence.

None of this affects the biggest-selling single in stores, Leona Lewis's version of A moment like this. 571,000 copies shifted in the first week of release, including 150,000 downloads. It's the single biggest weekly sale of the year, but she will have to move half as many again next week to overtake Gnarls Barkley. The song itself was a best-seller in the Colonies back in 2002, when it was the debut hit for Kelly Clarkson. By a complete coincidence, A moment like this was released after Miss Clarkson's appearance on Pop Idle Us.

On the grounds that we disqualify first-week releases from television programmes from the festive number one spot, this year's honour goes to Take That, their fifth week at the top of the charts. McFly finish in the runner-up spot with the entertainingly up-tempo Sorry's not good enough. Nineteen years on from the original, the Council Estate Slappers cover I think we're alone now, and are left for dead by Tiffany.

Razorlight have two singles in the top 25 - the old America should also be excluded on the deletion rule, but ROPRA has finally said nonsense to a stupid rule. Their newie, Fall to pieces, climbs to 17, and sounds a bit like all the others. Ditto James Morrison, who has been grouching about being rejected from Star Academy some years ago. We'd sooner be listening to Dogsby and Kielty going hammer and tongs than his tedium.

Another one bites the dust comes back in a remix, about ten years after its popularity on Gladiators. Mary J Blige reflects on her career in MJB da MVP, a song done with all her usual wit. Sharam's Party all the time charts on downloads - the only song to so do. It's a cover of an early-80s tack. Simon Cowell also has a hand in the lowest new entry, All Angels' cover of Angel at 48 - the Sarah McLachlan number was to have been Pestside's festive release in 2001, but was pulled late in the day, and remains one of the best songs never to have been a UK hit.

Lower down, Shakira's new single is being outsold by her own single after just one week. Nothing much to note on the albums - it's Take That, Pestside, Oasis, Ill Divo, Yog in the top five. Akon climbs eleven to 45, the Carpenters' hits collection takes a 70-place leap to 67, one ahead of a new album from Nas.

It's a shame that Radio 1 aren't giving much time to next week's top 40, preferring to concentrate on the chart of the year. I'm expecting huge climbs for the High School Musical songs, after its performance on BBC-1 this Friday. Last year also saw some massive climbs by old songs - Shakira back into the top 20, three Razorlight tunes in the 40, two Feeling tracks in the same place. And don't forget, utter chaos on 7 January when the no physical rule kicks in. May you live in interesting times...

Here's the good stuff on the singles listing:

 3 NE McFly - Sorry's not good enough
 6 10 Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  - Fairytale of New Amsterdam
15 11 Nelly Furtado - All good things
17 46 Razorlight - Fall to pieces ^^
21 23 Slade - Merry xmas everybody
23 22 Razorlight - America
26 18 Andy Abrahams - December brings me back to you
28 21 Lily Allen - Littlest things
33 NE Mary J Blige - MJB da MVP
38 19 Matt Willis - Don't let it go to waste
41 37 Feeling - Love it when you call
42 32 My Chemical Romance
  - Welcome to the black parade
45 34 Shakira - Illegal
49 49 Shakira - Hips don't lie
54 47 Killers - Bones
58 58 High School Musical OCR - Breaking free
59 44 Muse - Knights of Cydonia
61 56 High School Musical OCR
  - We're all in this together
62 31 Fratellis - Whistle for the choir
67 59 Damien Rice - 9 crimes
69 66 Pink - You and your hand
70 75 Razorlight - In the morning
71 54 Lemar - Someone should tell you
73 re Kasabian - Shoot the runner
74 68 Lily Allen - Smile
75 65 Panic At The Disco
  - I write sins not tragedies

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Wed 27 Dec 2006

Charts of the Year (1): FI, LT, NL

Finland

So, guess what's top of the pops for 2006 in Finland. Their record-breaking Eurovision entry? Something by one of their hugely successful metal exports? Er, no.

01 mika kesa - valvomo
02 hard rock hallelujah - lordi
03 guardian angel - lovex
04 sekaisin - antti tuisku
05 vapaus johtaa kansaa - cmx
06 rukous - maj karma
07 you - tarot
08 viides vuodenaika - mokoma
09 sauna paale - bloodpit
10 broken promised land - private line
11 boten anna - basshunter
12 punainen viiva - timo rautiainen
13 rakastele mua - zen café
14 sorry - madonna
15 eternal pyre - slayer
16 hips don't lie - shakira
17 fairytale gone bad - sunrise avenue
18 house of sleep - amorphis
19 energiaa - pete seppala
20 mimic47 - diablo

In Europe's fastest-moving singles survey, the equivalent of ten weeks at number one is sufficient to give Valvomo the year's most successful single. The group was beaten in the Eurovision national round with a folk song that would never have even thought about getting out of the semi-final. Competition winners Lordi finished just about a week behind, with local rockers Lovex taking third place. Indeed, Lordi's hit was the only one of the top ten to chart outside Finland. The pan-Scandinavian hit Boten Anna is the biggest hit to be familiar outside Finland. Note the top 20 place of Fairytale gone bad, which is just creeping into the German charts.

Lithuania

01 hips don't lie - shakira
02 sorry - madonna
03 dani california - red hot chili peppers
04 happy birthday - flipsyde
05 promiscuous - nelly furtardo
06 you and your hand - pink
07 tonight - reamonn
08 aukso pieva - jurga
09 one - mary j blige / u2
10 stars are blind - paris hilton

We're giving a top 10 for those nations where there's only an airplay chart to use, and the M-1 chart is perhaps more Western-facing than much of the country. Shakira had an average position of number 11 every week for the year. Flipsyde were a German boy-band, whose one hit has mercifully not been followed up. Jurga is the only Lithuanian act in the top ten, and her Nebijok was last year's top tune.

Netherlands

01 rood - marco borsato
02 crazy - gnarls barkley
03 hips don't lie - shakira
04 als de morgen is gekomen - jan smit
05 no worries - simon webbe
06 la camisa negra - juanes
07 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
08 boten anna - basshunter
09 mas que nada - sergio mendes
10 toppertje - guillermo & tropical danny
11 talk - coldplay
12 dance4life - tiesto
13 because we believe - andrea bocelli / marco borsato
14 everytime I think of you - marco borsato & lucie silvas
15 the great escape - ilse delange
16 sos - rihanna
17 you give me something - james morrison
18 right here right now - raffaela
19 one word - anouk
20 because of you - kelly clarkson

No surprises to see Marco Borsato at the top of the list here, he is to the Netherlands as Robbie Williams is to the UK. He has a huge lead at the top of the annual chart, the equivalent of ten weeks at number one, and another entry lower down the top 20. Gnarls and Shakira were international hits, Jan Smit a local dose of schlager. Note the remarkable success of former Blue member Simon Webbe. The Netherlands was the only territory outside Scandinavia where Boten Anna has been a hit.

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Fri 29 Dec 2006

Charts of the Year (2): FR, BE

France

01 gabriel - najoua belyzel
02 living on video - pakito
03 facon sex - tribal king
04 la boulette generation nan nan - diams
05 le papa pingouin - pigloo
06 pas de temps - faf larage
07 roc - nadiya
08 hips don't lie - shakira
09 coup de boule - plage
10 baila morena - zucchero
11 un ange frappe a ma porte - natasha st-pier
12 j'voulais - amine
13 rock this party - bob sinclar & cutee b
14 le titou - titou le lapinou
15 diras que estoy loco - miguel angel munoz
16 slipping away - moby
17 we are the champions - crazy frog
18 aimer jusqu'a l'impossible - tina arena
19 everytime we touch - cascada
20 tous ces mots - nadiya
21 la camisa negra - juanes
22 zidane y va marquer - cauet
23 crazy - gnarls barkley
24 jeune demoiselle - diam's
25 le ragga des pingouins - pigloo
26 donne-moi une vie - yannick noah
27 la jungle des animaux - bebe lilly
28 amies ennemies - nadiya
29 fous ta cagoule - fatal bazooka
30 world hold on - bob sinclar

France is the third largest singles market in Europe, and is surely entitled to list a full top 30. Not much to choose between the leading singles, as Najoua's anthem triumphs from a loose cover of a mid-80s dance classic, and an African-tinged drumbeat. Below come two local rappers and an animated penguin covering one of the unsuccessful entries from Eurovision 1980. Nadiya is the act of the year, putting three in the top 30, headed by the theme to the €20,000 box on A Prendré où a Laisser. Also in the top ten are The Ubiquitous Shakira™, the return of Italian superstar Zucchero, and the first of two songs about Zinadine Zidane's head - the other is at position 22.

Lower down come animated rabbits, the Eurovision 2001 entrant, a failed Aussie star, the Spanish language single of the year, and an old tennis player. All human life is here, with songs in four languages (five if you count the baby-talk of Lilly at 28). Leading British interest, by the way, was James Blunt at position 33. Last year's Star Academy winner, Magalie Vaé, made 76; it will be interesting to see how this year's winner, Cyril Cinélu, will fare.

Wallonia

01 hips don't lie - shakira
02 gabriel - najoua belyzel
03 living on video - pakito
04 la camisa negra - juanes
05 rock this party - bob sinclar & cutee b
06 aimer jusqu'a l'impossible - tina arena
07 la boulette generation nan nan - diams
08 unfaithful - rhianna
09 coup de boule - plage
10 roc - nadiya
11 crazy - gnarls barkley
12 un ange frappe a ma porte - natasha st-pier
13 world hold on - bob sinclar
14 temperature - sean paul
15 slipping away - moby
16 facon sex - tribal king
17 baila morena - zucchero
18 I belong to you - eros ramazzotti and anastacia
19 we are the champions - crazy frog
20 goodbye my lover - james blunt

That's the French-speaking part of Belgium, which follows France quite closely - seventeen of the top 20 are in the French top 20, and only Rhianna and Eros / Anastacia didn't do much. It's like English-speaking Canada and her provinces to the south. Anyway, The Ubiquitous Shakira™ leads the way here, and Belgians are absent from the top 50 entirely - Mike's Good Morning Mike, at number 53, the biggest local hit. Not Kate Ryan, the outrage at her defeat in Eurovision translated only to a number 71 hit for the year.

Flanders

01 rood - marco borsato
02 lief klein konijntje - henkie
03 hips don't lie - shakira
04 rock this party - bob sinclar & cutee b
05 je t'adore - kate ryan
06 I belong to you - eros ramazzotti and anastacia
07 la camisa negra - juanes
08 crazy - gnarls barkley
09 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
10 ya ya yippee - k 3
11 pump it - black eyed peas
12 prison break - kaye styles
13 beep - pussycat dolls
14 een tocht door het donker - thor
15 goodbye my lover - james blunt
16 isn't it time - udo
17 hard rock hallelujah - lordi
18 because of you - kelly clarkson
19 unfaithful - rhianna
20 my humps - black eyed peas

That's Dutch-speaking Belgium, as you might recognise from the best-seller. It beat an interpretation of The battle hymn of the republic (yes, the revolutionary song, which readers might also know as John Brown's body) by four clear weeks. The Ubiquitous Shakira™ is close behind. Two Eurovision entries in the top 20 - local girl Kate Ryan fell out in the semi-finals, but made number 5 here, and is the only French language single to chart all year. Her follow-up, the English Alive ended at 30 for the year. Eurovision winners Lordi are down at 17. We're still surprised that the Eros and Anastacia song wasn't a huge hit across the continent, only really selling in Belgium and Germany.

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Charts of the year (3) - PL, LV, EE

Poland

01 on an island - david gilmour
02 talk - coldplay
03 spider's web - katie melua
04 lonely day - system of a down
05 bylabym - hey
06 a pain I'm used to - depeche mode
07 afterglow - inxs
08 life is wonderful - jason mraz
09 maneater - nelly furtardo
10 john the revelator - depeche mode

The Radio Trojka chart, so only a top 10. The station appears to play rock for mature audiences, which explains the presence of hoary old rocker David Gilmour, though mercifully not his band Pink Floyd. In fairness, his song is actually rather good, and deserved to beat Coldplay by more than a single place. Two from Depeche Mode in the top ten, and it's been a rare week that they've not featured in the station's top 20. The Ubiquitous Shakira™ did not chart at all.

Latvia

01 lilian - depeche mode
02 beautiful morning - enas
03 suffer well - depeche mode
04 so beautiful - darren hayes
05 viss mainijies - gain fast
06 martyr - depeche mode
07 lapsa - prata vetra
08 digitally bright - brainstorm
09 hips don't lie - shakira
10 mr greene - dons
11 uzmini nu - h2o
12 sparni - linga
13 lights out - dons
14 promiscuous - nelly furtardo
15 verni moyu lyubov - valerij meladze & ani lorak
16 somehow - enas
17 krokodils - double faced eels
18 sexyback - justin timberlake
19 pa jokam - double faced eels
20 veter - brainstorm

A national airplay chart, the single most reliable listing compiled anywhere to the east of the Iron Curtain. Depeche Mode are popular, with three in the top six. Enas and Gain Fast are local talents, while Prata Vetra are Brainstorm when performing in Latvia, ensuring that just 13 different acts appear in the top twenty.

Estonia

01 rahutu tuhkatriinu - mari leen
02 sorry - madonna
03 advertising space - robbie williams
04 vota aega - tanel padar
05 iseendale - ines
06 talk - coldplay
07 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
08 ule tumeda vee - smilers
09 you and your hand - pink
10 ingel - blacky
11 no promises - shayne ward
12 you've got the love - source
13 far away - nickelback
14 ugly - sugababes
15 crystal ball - keane
16 wisemen - james blunt
17 tudrukune - tanel padar & the sun
18 hips don't lie - shakira
19 la camisa negra - juanes
20 don't bother - shakira

The Eesti chart appears to be a full national sales-and-airplay chart, so a top 20 it is. Mari Leen is a local candy-pop singer, Tanel and Ines have both been hugely successful at Eurovision. Below the top three, there's very little to choose between the songs, such is the way of a sales-and-airplay combo. Two in the top 20 for The Ubiquitous Shakira™.

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Sat 30 Dec 2006

Charts of the year (4): DK, NO, SE

Denmark

01 mr nice guy - trine dyrholm
02 boten anna - basshunter
03 glenn fransisco - niarn
04 arghhh - dolph
05 crazy - gnarls barkley
06 the hjarta & smarta - kent
07 brudevalsen - teddy pedersen
08 love generation - bob sinclar
09 the cynic - kashmir
10 sorry - madonna
11 john the revelator - depeche mode
12 suffer well - depeche mode
13 who the fuck are the - arctic monkeys
14 royksopp's night out - royksopp
15 one - mary j blige / u2
16 klip I mit korekort - bamses venner
17 we are the champions - crazy frog
18 hung up - madonna
19 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
20 stars are blind - paris hilton

If Finland is the fastest-moving chart in Europe, then Denmark's has to be the slowest. Last year's number one is this year's number one, and Trine Dyrholm's dominance has been utterly remarkable - no fewer than 29 weeks as the national best-seller, 21 weeks in the runner-up position, and just two weeks at number three. She's hardly been out of the top two all year! Kent's and Royksopp's singles were also releases from last year. Niarn and Dolph are also local talent.

Norway

01 one - mary j blige / u2
02 hips don't lie - shakira
03 boten anna - basshunter
04 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
05 hallelujah - espen lind, kurt nilsen,
     alejandro fuentes, askil holm
06 respekt for grandiosa - grandiosa
07 a little too perfect - aleksander denstad
08 crazy - gnarls barkley
09 tir n'a noir - vamp
10 lift me - madrudaga / ane brun
11 sexyback - justin timberlake
12 maneater - nelly furtardo
13 it's all coming back to me now
     - meat loaf & marion raven
14 as to I osjlo - ravi
15 unfaithful - rhianna
16 floden - bjorn eidsvag
17 don't save me - marit larsen
18 love I can't defend - elvira nikolaisen
19 stupid girls - pink
20 just hold me - maria mena

A massive lead for Bilge and U2, finishing almost two months (at number one) ahead of The Ubiquitous Shakira™. The number 5 single is a Norwegian super-group, including the reigning World Idol. Both members of 2000 group M2M appear in the top twenty - Marion at 13, Marit at 17, and the latter's Under the surface anchors the top 30. Bad luck to Madonna, who finishes at positions 21 and 22 for the year. Leading Brits were Coldplay, who put Talk at position 35.

Sweden

01 everytime we touch - cascada
02 boten anna - basshunter
03 who's da'man - elias / frans
04 7milakliv - martin stenmarck
05 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
06 crazy - gnarls barkley
07 metal will stand tall - the poodles
08 evighet - carola
09 trust me - united djs / pandora
10 temple of love - bodies without organs
11 right here right now - agnes
12 smack that - akon
13 do what you're told - sebastian
14 casanova - pimp diddy
15 my love - justin timerlake
16 mambo - helena paparizou
17 hurt - christina aguilera
18 sexyback - justin timberlake
19 rain - ola
20 sing for me - andreas johnson

They did love their cheesy dance in Sweden this year, with Cascada winning by a length from Scandinavian dance geeks Basshunter - the big song is about an IRC bot, and follow-up Vi sitter i ventrilo och spelar dota takes its name from a voice chat program and a World of Warcraft game. We kid you not! Elias is a five-piece boy band, augmented by a guest vocalist, while Martin Stenmarck heads a parade of five Eurovision entrants and wannabes in the top 20. He was the national entry for 2005, and returned this autumn with a massive-selling live EP. This year's entry from Carola does almost as well as it did in the contest proper, Melodifestival entries from Bodies Without Organs and Andreas Johnson, and the release from last year's winner Paparizou were also hits. Agnes and Ola were from casting shows, and the Poodles appear to be a semi-spoof group in the mould of WigWam. They also went in for Eurovision, but not with this song. Highest place for a Brit was number 30 for Shayne Ward's No talent promises. We deserve a return of the Rednex (number 34 for the year) in revenge.

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Sun 31 Dec 2006

Charts of the year (5) UK, DE

Germany

01 love generation - bob sinclar
02 crazy - gnarls barkley
03 no no never - texas lightning
04 hips don't lie - shakira
05 unfaithful - rhianna
06 54 74 90 2006 - sportfreunde stiller
07 maneater - nelly furtardo
08 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
09 zeit dass sich was dreht - herbet gronemeyer
10 I belong to you - eros ramazzotti and anastacia
11 big city life - mattafix
12 ich bin ich (wir sind wir) - rosenstolz
13 danke - xavier naidoo
14 das beste - silbermond
15 schwarz und weiss - oliver pocher
16 sexyback - justin timberlake
17 because of you - kelly clarkson
18 buttons - pussycat dolls
19 hung up - madonna
20 ding - seeed
21 dieser weg - xavier naidoo
22 one - mary j blige / u2
23 she's like the wind - vibekings
24 just be good to me - karmah
25 hard rock hallelujah - lordi
26 happy birthday - flipsyde
27 you and your hand - pink
28 sos - rihanna
29 promiscuous - nelly furtardo
30 I still burn - tobias regner

Heading the pack - and heading it by a month at number one - is Bob Sinclar's semi-official theme to the world cup. The football event also made hits 6, 9, and 15. Gnarls and Shakira were ubiquitous everywhere, Texas Lightning were the biggest German Eurovision entries in almost a quarter-century. It's a shame that Eros and Mattafix never made it outside Germany. There are a couple of dodgy 80s covers towards the bottom of the list, and one Eurovision winner.

UK

01 hips don't lie - shakira
02 crazy - gnarls barkley
03 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
04 from paris to berlin - infernal
05 I wish I was a punk rocker - sandi thom
06 no tomorrow - orson
07 put your records on - corinne bailey rae
08 chasing cars - snow patrol
09 sexyback - justin timberlake
10 maneater - nelly furtardo
11 nasty girl - notorious big
12 because of you - kelly clarkson
13 sos - rihanna
14 who knew? - pink
15 thunder in my heart again - meck / leo sayer
16 everytime we touch - cascada
17 america - razorlight
18 smile - lily allen
19 irreplaceable - beyonce
20 you give me something - james morrison
21 all time love - will young
22 that's my goal - shayne ward
23 welcome to the black parade - my chemical romance
24 sorry - madonna
25 promiscuous - nelly furtardo
26 she moves in her own way - kooks
27 beep - pussycat dolls
28 voodoo child - rogue traders
29 smack that - akon
30 put your hands up for detroit - fedde le grand

This is based on chart positions, not sales, but there's a remarkably strong correlation between the two lists. No place here for A moment like this, which concentrated three-quarters of a million sales into two weeks.

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Charts of the Year (6) - North Europe's Top 50
01 hips don't lie - shakira
02 maneater - nelly furtardo
03 because of you - kelly clarkson
04 crazy - gnarls barkley
05 promiscuous - nelly furtardo
06 you're beautiful - james blunt
07 everytime we touch - cascada
08 boten anna - basshunter
09 one - mary j blige / u2
10 I don't feel like dancing - scissor sisters
11 smile - lily allen
12 talk - coldplay
13 put your records on - corinne bailey rae
14 love generation - bob sinclar
15 la camisa negra - juanes
16 starlight - muse
17 no tomorrow - orson
18 america - razorlight
19 fill my little world - feeling
20 push the button - sugababes
21 chasing cars - snow patrol
22 you and your hand - pink
23 ugly - sugababes
24 she moves in her own way - kooks
25 is it any wonder - keane
26 bad day - daniel powter
27 black horse and the cherry tree - k t tunstall
28 breakaway - kelly clarkson
29 sexyback - justin timberlake
30 chelsea dagger - fratellis
31 monster - automatic
32 dani california - red hot chili peppers
33 rock this party - bob sinclar & cutee b
34 a pain I'm used to - depeche mode
35 ldn - lily allen
36 hard rock hallelujah - lordi
37 gabriel - najoua belyzel
38 no no never - texas lightning
39 hung up - madonna
40 sorry - madonna
41 empire - kasabian
42 from paris to berlin - infernal
43 who knew? - pink
44 it's not that easy - lemar
45 goodbye my lover - james blunt
46 unfaithful - rhianna
47 I belong to you - eros ramazzotti and anastacia
48 living on video - pakito
49 john the revelator - depeche mode
50 unwritten - natasha bedingfield

No surprises to find The Ubiquitous Shakira™ takes the top spot, it headed the list for eleven weeks. Nelly Furtado's eight- and seven- week toppers nestle in the top five, while Gnarls was kept from the top by Shakira. Kelly's hit was an eleven-week topper in the opening quarter. The other chart-toppers finish at positions 20, 39, 23, 40, 17, 16, 18. U2 and Green Dull make 66, Take That 105, and Nelly Furtado's current leader is 96. Basshunter, Najoua, Eros and Anastacia, and Pakito are the only four records not to be released in the UK. Depeche Mode had a remarkable year, placing 34 and 49, with Suffer well at 51 and Martyr at 59.

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Charts in week 52

North Europe's Top Twenty

 20 16 U2 / Green Dull - The saints are coming
 19 20 Faf Larange - Pas de temps
*18 NE Lily Allen - Littlest things
 17 13 Nadiya - Amies ennemies
 16 14 Feeling - Love it when you call
 15  8 Fatal Bazooka - Fous ta cagoule
 14 10 Justin Numberwang - My love
 13 15 Depeche Mode - Martyr
*12 NE Pogues / Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New Amsterdam
*11 NE Monrose - Shame
*10 12 Faudel - Mon pays
  9  4 Razorlight - America
  8  9 Akon - Smack that
  7  6 Seizure Sisters - I don't feel like dancing
* 6  7 Snow Patrol - Chasing cars
* 5 11 Silbermond - Das beste
  4  3 Clitring Aguilera - Hurt
  3  5 Wham! - Last christmas
  2  2 Take That - Patience
* 1  1 Nelly Furtado - All good things

Unlike some other chart shows we could mention, we're giving the top 20 its usual treatment. Lily Allen is up to her third hit of the year, Monrose won a casting show in Germany, and the Pogues and Kirsty you'll know. Snow Patrol are back at their peak after five months on the chart.

Let's take this chart in something less than 128 seconds. Leona Lewis retains the top spot, holding off Take That. Iron Maiden has the highest new entry, Different world may not ever get played on the Radio 1 chart show. Akron climbs back to 4, Cascada holds at 5. Two other releases of significance - Sharam's Party all the time goes from 36 to 8, and David Gilmour follows up his Polish chart-topper with Arnold Layne, a duet with David Bowie. Big Bass comes in at 27.

As is traditional, there are re-entries and climbers galore. Booty Love move 18-6, Razorlight's America goes 23-15, the Seizure Sisters 27-16, the Council Estate Slappers 32-21, My Chemical Romance 42-24, Amy Whinehouse 37-25, Justine Numberwang 53-30, the Feeling 41-31, and Shakira 49-33. There are plummets for the festive singles - the Pogues slip 6-13, Slade 21-34, The Annoying Thing 16-62, Andy Abraham drops out of the 75 from position 26, and Cliff Richard plunges 7-43. In any other week, lemming of the week would go to McFly, who slump 3-20 - Iron Maiden will do well to equal that next week.

Outside the 40, Good Shoes bow at 48, they're an Xfm band. Nine records re-enter from outside the top 75, typically climbing around 20 places, and there are eight other climbs of ten places or more. None from the High School Musical, though, they move 58-52 and 61-66 after the show aired on BBC-1 last Friday.

Take That retain top spot on the albums list, ahead of Oasis, Snow Patrol, Razorlight, and the Beatles. Pink moves up to 6 on reductions in the sales, which also boost Kasabian (59-19), Muse (51-33), Pussycat Dolls (71-34), My Chemical Romance (56-35), James Blunt (83-37). Plunges include Westlife (2-7), Ill Divo (4-15), Angelis (25-55), All Angels (37-57), and Andrea Bocelli (38-65).

Good and possibly good stuff on the singles listing:

 3 NE Iron Maiden - Different world
11 15 Nelly Furtado - All good things
13  6 Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  - Fairytale of New Amsterdam
15 23 Razorlight - America
19 NE David Gilmour - Arnold Layne
20  3 McFly - Sorry's not good enough
23 17 Razorlight - Fall to pieces
24 42 My Chemical Romance
  - Welcome to the black parade
31 41 Feeling - Love it when you call
32 28 Lily Allen - Littlest things
33 49 Shakira - Hips don't lie
34 21 Slade - Merry xmas everybody
36 33 Mary J Blige - MJB da MVP
48 NE Good Shoes - The photos on my wall
50 70 Razorlight - In the morning
51 54 Killers - Bones
52 58 High School Musical OCR - Breaking free
54 69 Pink - You and your hand
57 38 Matt Willis - Don't let it go to waste
59 74 Lily Allen - Smile
60 73 Kasabian - Shoot the runner
64 re Pink - Who knew
65 re Kasabian - Empire
66 61 High School Musical OCR
  - We're all in this together
68 re Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
72 75 Panic At The Disco
  - I write sins not tragedies
75 re Lily Allen - LDN

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